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This picture making the rounds on the Web purports to be a prototype of a Google phone.
Google's designs on the mobile market are becoming increasingly clear.

Anticipation of a mobile phone development projects within Google appears confirmed by a recent job posting at the company's Mountain View, Californa, headquarters.

The Google Jobs Web site currently lists an opening for a "first-rate analog designer with more than 5 years experience," to join an internal effort to create a new mobile communications device. The ad states, that "Google is experimenting with a few wireless communications systems including some completely novel concepts."

The posting goes on to invite applicants to consider joining the company's "small team of top-notch logic designers and analog designers aimed at nothing less than making the entire world's information accessible from anywhere for free."

The statements lay to rest any doubts regarding rumors that Google was actively developing a mobile communications hardware platform, although it remains to be seen whether the final product will bear any resemblance to images published by Web sites such as

The job posting will fuel rampant speculation and lend credence to reports such as the one recently published by venture capitalist Simeon Simeonov of Polaris Venture Partners. In his blog entry this week, Simeonov reports that Google has assembled a group of 100 employees to work on the project under the direction of Andy Rubin, founder of mobile device maker Danger.

Rubin's subsequent startup, Android, was acquired by Google in 2005, along with a mobile applications company Reqwireless. Simeonov also draws a link to Google purchase of Skia that year. The company's flagship product was a portable graphics engine designed for low-end devices, such as mobile phones.

Although Google has announced a partnership with Samsung to embed Google’s mobile services on select Samsung phones, the search engine giant still has not publicly acknowledged plans to develop its own mobile hardware. Google previously partnered with Nokia  to develop a mobile device to communicate over existing wi-fi networks using a mobile version of Google Talk.

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RE: Interface
By aos007 on 3/8/2007 1:16:15 PM , Rating: 1
Because they are not approaching the project the same way everyone else (except seemingly Apple) does. They are not aiming to just copy and tweak something that already exists, but rather "shift the paradigm". It wouldn't make any sense otherwise. As you say, their chances would be slim to one. They aren't that stupid to attempt to create yet another "mee too" phone. It's the way you interface with the phone and phone interfaces with the "network" that appears to be novel.

RE: Interface
By TomZ on 3/8/2007 3:04:17 PM , Rating: 4
I think it is kind of a misbelief that someone approaching a particular problem for the first time will be able to come up with an innovative, unique approach. In the case of pure genius, this might be the case, but that talent is rare.

The way that Google can be successful in such an endeavor is to figure out a clever way to leverage a new phone product against their existing services. Even for that, they would IMO have a higher chance of success in partnering with an existing OEM/ODM. Existing companies have many years experience and bringing a product like a cell phone to market is a very complicated undertaking.

RE: Interface
By Pandamonium on 3/8/2007 5:51:19 PM , Rating: 2
Google has the funds to hire a team of "pure genius". I believe there was a thread on AT a few months ago about a Google interview. Years of experience can be trumped by someone with pockets deep enough to shell out for a think-tank .

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